I struggled through the first part of the story, not because of lack of interest. It was because I though Lena was too whiny. Lena came across with the classic victim syndrome. She’s an intelligent Black woman who gave up her dreams to help fulfill the dreams of her husband Randall. Lena took on her role as wife and mother with a drive to perfection in her decorating, stylish outfits and culinary skills. She did it all to support her husband and family. But that was the deal she made with Randall. She would put her dreams of becoming a professional photographer on the back burner to help him achieve his dream of becoming more established and trusted at his company. But when it came time for Randall to support Lena and her dreams, he renegotiated for more time, again and again.
Life has been very, very good to Lena, Randall and their children, son Kendrick and daughter Camille. They live in an upscale neighborhood, drive expensive cars, wear designer clothes, and enjoy the finer things in life. But Lena spirals downward as she realizes that she has lost herself. She gave herself away to the family and now she wants herself back. Randall tells her to take some time and figure out what she wants even though she has been telling him in very clear language. He just doesn’t hear it because that’s not what he wants.
Lena’s fixates on the life of Tina Turner to give her strength when she realizes that her husband of twenty-three years has lost his respect for her and when her son’s therapist tells her that her son Kendrick questions her value. As the story transitions Lena finds a way to step into her power, accepts the turn her life takes and moves on. Along the way she reconnects with an old love, one who helps her remember the strong intelligent woman that he knew. Throughout the story Lena gets support from her sister Bobbie, mom Lulu and long time friend Cheryl.
In the end Lena reclaims herself. I’m glad I selected this book and followed Lena on her journey. It is a good story, one well worth sitting down to read.
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